Truly magical is the only way to describe The Quist Treehouse. It is set amongst 400 acres of private woodland with breathtaking views over the rolling Hereford countryside and the Malvern Hills. The design and craftsmanship is both simple yet luxurious – and I’m only just getting started!
Wow! Even the approach to this stunning treehouse property was an adventure. It is not signposted at all, so you have to follow directions sent to you, to find its secret location.
The small track that leads to the treehouse cuts across a field and then climbs steeply through the woods. When you get to the end of the track you can just see the treehouse peeking through the trees. At this point the cries from the kids of ‘there it is!’ paralleled my own levels of excitement!
As we got out of the car my girls could not contain their excitement any more and raced down the path between the ancient oaks and pines.
The first thing I noticed when I stepped inside was the heady scent of herbs and essential oils which really reflects the whole ethos of the property.
As soon as you walk in to The Quist you are drawn towards the picture frame like view from the huge patio doors which really is absolutely breathtaking.
Due to the house being set up on the side of the hill you can see for miles across rolling countryside with the Malvern Hills in the distance. However, this is not the only beautiful view that you have as every window looks out into the forest so wherever you turn you are greeted with more gorgeous scenery.
The interior is also gorgeous and in keeping with its surroundings.
All the furnishings have a focus on natural materials and earthy colours, including the incredibly comfortable sofa which is in the perfect position to enjoy the prime view. A lot of the furniture has been reclaimed and repurposed giving it a homely feel and supports the eco friendly ethos of the property.
The kitchen is small yet beautifully designed with cute checked curtains instead of kitchen cabinets. Shelves are hidden behind the checked cloths both storing and displaying an eclectic mix of crockery and cookware. A copper kettle sits upon the stove and a selection of freshly ground coffee and tea is waiting for your arrival.
I actually can’t decide which bedroom I prefer. There is a twin downstairs which has two huge windows looking out into the forest (perfect for deer spotting) which our daughters staked claim to.
Then up some very steep steps (practically a ladder) is the master bedroom otherwise known as the tent room. This room has a super king bed in the centre behind curtains which drape from the ceiling. Its only when you turn round you realise that this room also has a stunning view which if you’re lucky you can enjoy while sipping your morning coffee in bed (if you can successfully navigate the ladder without spilling it that is).
Again the bathroom is beautifully decorated with a rustic sink, a huge bath with a view and tasteful brass fittings. The bath is possibly one of the best ever, as it was long enough for me to fully stretch out (and I’m nearly 6ft) and had an uninterrupted view of the ancient woodland.
The only downside to the bathroom is the incinerator toilet which once you’ve got used to lining the pan with paper is actually no problem at all!
Now, there is no indoor shower, which when we told my 11 year old daughter upset her a lot. However, it was my favourite part of the house (even better than the hot tub). As we visited in early April it was still quite chilly in the morning but once you got under the hot waterfall shower the contrast between the outdoor temperature and the steaming hot shower was incredibly invigorating.
It has to be the best view from a shower I have ever had!
From the living room you step through doors which open up onto a wooden deck which has been built around two trees. There is a table and chairs to the left and a wood fired hot tub to the right.
When we first arrived the sun was shining so we made a pot of tea and sat amongst the dappled sunlight soaking up the view. My daughters particularly liked the cushions that were provided and they were often found lying on the decking forest bathing at any time of day including 8am when it was still extremely chilly.
I can totally understand why though, as it felt magical being out there amongst the trees listening to the bird song and the sounds of the woods.
My favourite time of day is the morning and it was the best place to enjoy my first cup of coffee….. absolute heaven!
The hot tub
The idea of sitting in a hot tub in the middle of a forest with nothing but the sound of birdsong sounds totally sublime so we wanted to get the hot tub fired up ready for the first evening. We followed the instructions on the video which was sent to us the day before and eagerly awaited our first dip in the hot tub.
We started at about 4pm and by 8:30pm it was only up to 26 degrees (when our target was 40) but the girls could wait no longer so donned their swimsuits and hopped in! After dipping my toes in I decided it wasn’t warm enough for me and left them to it!
The next day however we had a lot more success and managed to get it up to the desired 40 degrees in less than 2 hours as the hot tub is well insulated and had kept some of the heat from the day before.
TIP: From a starting point of 10 degrees you need to allow at least 6 hours to heat up the hot tub. It definitely is a labour of love!!!!
When we finally all got in the tub it wasn’t quite the experience I had imagined as we had two excitable children in there that couldn’t stay still but it was still pretty amazing. If you’re lucky enough to escape here without children it is the perfect place to sip on a glass of fizz in truly gorgeous surroundings.
Exploring the woodland
My daughters had come prepared to explore the woods with a set of walkie talkies to communicate, their walking boots (essential as it was quite muddy) and some binoculars.
As the woodlands are private we allowed them to explore on their own, giving them a massive sense of independence that we wouldn’t allow at home. Excitedly, they set off to explore and we enjoyed a few minutes of peace until we heard an excited announcement over the walkie talkie that they had spotted a deer! This absolutely made their day particularly my youngest who loves animals.
Exploring the local area
On Saturday we ventured into Hereford for a mooch around and to our delight found that there was a market on with live music, food stalls and local craft makers. We stumbled upon a butchers where we purchased pies for dinner on Sunday, a stall with homemade brownies and went for a pit stop in Sensory and Rye for coffee.
While in Sensory and Rye we realised this is where the owners of The Quist had got some of their inspiration for the interiors.
Hereford is definitely worth a visit even if the market isn’t on, as it has lovely pedestrianised shopping streets, boutique shops and lots of options for lunch or coffee.
On Sunday we found a 3 mile circular walk to do that started in Weobley, a small village only an 8 minute drive away from the treehouse.
We parked up on one of the streets and set off across fields filled with spring lambs to the delight of my youngest daughter (we had to hold her back from running up and stroking them!). It was a gentle route which is signed all the way and goes mainly across fields and up a country lane for a short stretch.
The walk finishes back in the village where there are two pubs if you fancy a drink after your walk. There is also a well stocked village shop where we bought some more logs as we ran out after the first night.
We visited the local pub, The Bell Inn at Tillington, for dinner on Saturday night. It came highly recommended by the owners and had great reviews on Tripadvisor and definitely lived up to expectations.
We received a very warm welcome and were seated in the restaurant with a view of the garden to the rear. Our waitress was lovely and attentive – giving us advice on portion size (very important for our 11 year old) and the service was quick. The food was delicious, particularly the pork belly which my husband ordered from the specials menu.
Dining in At the Quist
The Quist is well equipped for dining in, with a small oven and gas hob, plenty of pans and utensils. In fact, it seems a shame not to eat there as where else would you get such amazing views in such a comfortable setting.
The girls loved the window seat with trees tapping at the window and we lingered over dinner enjoying the food, wine, company and views.
The Quist is totally powered by solar power for electricity and the heating runs off gas tanks. It is extremely well insulated to save energy and we found the heating didn’t need to be on for long for the house to feel super cosy. The hosts provide eco toiletries which smell divine and are also kind to the environment. Every effort has been made to make it ecologically sound yet luxurious at the same time.
The Quist offers a restful break away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. You are immediately immersed into the beauty of the natural surroundings and feel a sense of pure relaxation.
It’s the perfect spot to reconnect with your favourite people and nature – and I for one will be looking to reconnect with The Quist Treehouse and all that it offers some time soon.